How to set story as a parent for task

Martin January 3, 2024

In last year Parent field was introduced.

When creating new task/story Parent field only offers to select Parent from a list of epics. But want to create new task with parent as story. How can I change the selection list?


I understand its related to issue type hierarchy, but can't change that.



In my understanding all the point of introducing general Parent field was to combine Epic Link and Parent Link functionalities, making it much clearer.

Or am I getting the purpose of Parent field wrong and those using it as not intended? 

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January 3, 2024

Hi, @Martin 

If you have Premium plan, you can change hierarchy, and add Tasks to level above Stories (or any other way). But it's not worth of it, because it affects whole Jira, not separate projects. Better use issue linking.


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January 3, 2024

Hi @Martin,

As of today, the 3 lowest levels of the issue hierarchy are still fixed in Jira (despite of the parent - child update). As you can see from your screenshot, adding new levels to the hierarchy will create additional entries above the epic level, not in between the existing Epic > Task / Story / Bug / ... > Sub-task levels.

Historically, Jira has been using different link types between Task & Sub-Task, between Epic & Story and between Epics and their additionally configured parent levels. Making these link types the same across all levels may become a game changer in time, but the adding tasks below stories is not possible yet.

Hope this helps! 

Martin January 3, 2024

So in my case (wanting to set Story as Task parent) using Parent field isn't correct and can't be done?

Yevgeniy Pinchuk February 1, 2024

Martin I do not think so, we are working through the same issue. We can set an Epic as a parent of a Task but we cannot set a Story as a parent of a Task.

Which makes me wonder why the introduced the Parent Link in the first place?

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April 15, 2024

Any luck on the above hierarchy implementation?

Even with a premium plan we couldn't create the hierarchy! 

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